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    Could Rocks Off Last An Entire Hour On The Washington Wave?

    Note: The Wave is a jitney that rides up and down Washington Ave. dropping people off whereever they please. It's cool if you're drunk. It's the worst place on earth if you're not. 4:11 p.m.: So Friday night, Houston Press music editor Chris Gray ...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 9, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
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    Feeling Darragh, D.R.U.M., Karina, Skarnales On The Showcase's Western Edge

    Henry Darragh Quintet, a smooth oasis on a hot day. How was your Saturday? We spent ours hopping from bar to bar, soaking in rays (inadvertently), and downing copious amounts of liquid refreshment. Oh yeah, and we managed to see eight bands in fou...

    @ Rocks Off by Rizoh on August 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Like A Movie, HPMA Showcase Afternoon Over Far Too Quickly

    Hell City Kings: Not afraid to get salty. This was the first year and no doubt the first of many for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase to converge on Washington Avenue like a sweet-sounding pestilence made up of drums, mikes, a few steel gui...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 9, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
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    Ozeal, Satin Hooks, Zydeco Dots, Kristine Mills Simmer On Showcase Saturday

    Ozeal and friends, just getting started... 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and nobody's home at The Drake. The place is a bit hidden, with its posh entrance tucked around back, hidden from the street by the abandoned industrial faade. The cool, dar...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on August 9, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Saturday: Trae Was A Very Special HPMA Showcase Guest Indeed

    Trae Tha Truth Bud Light Outdoor Stage August 7, 2010 Trae tha Truth was the special guest at this year's HPMA showcase. As such, he brought along a few special people he normally doesn't bring to shows, namely a live band and hypeman extraordinaire...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 9, 2010 @ 10:45 am
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    Riding The Musical Wave At Saturday's HPMAs

    Jim Bricker Saturday didn't start out very promising: Almost as soon as Rocks Off arrived at the intersection of Washington and Silver, where the Bud Light main stage was set up, the sky darkened, then drizzled, then began pouring rain. The downp...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 9, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Saturday Night: Matt & Kim At The HPMA Showcase

    Matt & Kim Bud Light Outdoor Stage August 7, 2010 As the sun went down and the moon came up on the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase main stage, a palpable sense of relief settled over everyone. The long, hot day was over and the thro...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Shot Through The Heart: Images From Saturday's HPMA Showcase

    The crowd up front at Matt & Kim Saturday night. Good afternoon, everyone. Rocks Off hopes you're having a nice, relaxing Sunday. We'd like to thank all of you who came out to our Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Washington Avenue yesterday...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 8, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
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    Rocks Off Presents: Redux-Ion

    The Houston Press's music blog Rocks Off is test-driving a new concept tonight at Walter's On Washington, pairing some of the city's best bands with the catalogs of their most revered artists, the ones who shaped their sound and attitude. The inaugur...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 19, 2010
  • Dr. John & the Lower 911

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    Dr. John & the Lower 911

    With yet another unnatural disaster welling in the Gulf of Mexico and virtually knocking on New Orleans's door, that city's avenging angel gets ready once again to combat the forces of greed and technology, armed only with the ageless power of voodoo...

    by Falling James on August 19, 2010
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    Screeching Weasel

    A lot has been made of the 2009 reunion of pop-punk legends Screeching Weasel -- but the fact is, the band has broken up and re-formed numerous times since starting in suburban Chicago in 1986. Snotty, catchy and just sloppy enough to keep it real, t...

    by Jason Heller on August 19, 2010
  • Vanilla Ice

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    Vanilla Ice

    You can't keep King Vanilla down. Dallas native Rob Van Winkle continues to draw large crowds who yearn to hear "Ice Ice Baby" and "Play That Funky Music" over and over again. Personally, we really want to hear "Ninja Rap" from the Teenage Mutant Nin...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 19, 2010
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    Andre Williams

    Just how crazy is Andre Williams? The Houston Press asked someone who ought to know: Allen Hill, whose Allen Oldies Band will be backing up the notorious "Black Godfather" Friday in Austin and Saturday at the Continental Club here. "He's crazier than...

    by Chris Gray on August 19, 2010
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    Bob Livingston

    Bob Livingston is a living legend. He was part of the original Lubbock music mafia and, in a timely move, became a key player in the Dallas folk scene that produced Ray Wylie Hubbard, B.W. Stevenson and Michael Martin Murphey. Also an integral part o...

    by William Michael Smith on August 19, 2010
  • Billy Idol

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    Billy Idol

    If you watch Sex Pistols doc The Filth and the Fury, you can spy a young Billy Idol in his best scene duds right around the time he formed punk pioneers Generation X. Most people forget that Idol is old-school punk elite, with his poppier latter-peri...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 19, 2010
  • Bedtime Stories - Natalie Merchant finds poetry in new album.

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    Bedtime Stories - Natalie Merchant finds poetry in new album.

    Natalie Merchant first attracted attention as the dusky vocals fronting 10,000 Maniacs, whose chime-y folk-rock concealed serious subject matter like child abuse and severe depression on '80s college-radio favorites "What's the Matter Here" and "Like...

    by Chris Gray on August 19, 2010
  • Like Hell Yeah - Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards

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    Like Hell Yeah - Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards

    A full house came out to Warehouse Live last Wednesday evening for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards ceremony. Emceed by 103.7 FM's Johnny Bravo, the evening honored winners in more than 40 HPMA categories as chosen by our readers. First-time wi...

    by Chris Gray on August 19, 2010
  • The Thunder Rolls - Doc revitalizes Kashmere Stage Band.

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    The Thunder Rolls - Doc revitalizes Kashmere Stage Band.

    Kashmere Gardens, the Northeast Houston neighborhood sandwiched between the Eastex Freeway and Loop 610, has been racked with drugs and violence for longer than most people care to think about. Finding hope in, or a way out of, the tumultuous area ha...

    by Brett Koshkin on August 19, 2010
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    Raves, Trains and Jitney Mobiles at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Matt and Kim on the Bud Light Stage Best moment? Early in the Matt and Kim set, a train roared through just north of Washington Avenue. The engineer, seeing the huge crowd in the parking lot just east of The Drake, laid on his horn and waved to ev...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 8, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    More from the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Zydeco Dots at Bud Light Stage The party's about to start at the Bud Light Main Stage, the sun is on it's way down and the night's just getting started. "Big crowd at Walter's. The Manichean are struggling towards a late start." -- John Gray "Pe...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on August 7, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
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